US 3177542 A
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A ril 13, 1965 J. J. JAMES CLAMPING DEVICE 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 Filed June 12, 1962 INVENTOR.
L/ J Ji l/v55 April 13, 1965 J. J. JAMES CLAMPING DEVICE 2 Sheets-Sheet 2 Filed June 12, 1962 INVENTOR. JOHN J Q/ZLME/S BY ,4770 A/EVJ United States Patent 3,177,542 CLAMPING DEVICE John J. James, Cranford, N.J., assignor to Diamond Expansion Bolt Co., Inc, Garwood, N.J., a corporation of New Jersey Filed June 12, 1962, Ser. No. 201,964 3 Claims. (Cl. 24-125) The invention relates to a device for securing one object adjacent to another and more particularly to a device having clamping members yieldably supported with respect to one another for a limited extent of travel.
. A common method of supporting an aerial cable is to suspend the cable from a messenger which is a wire rope or cable having sufii'cient structural strength to support another cable attached to it along its length. With this arrangement it is possible to design the supported cable primarily from the considerations of the required number of conductors, current carrying capacity, low electrical resistance, insulation, etc. since the need of structural strength is substantially eliminated by transferring the load to the messenger. The messenger can be of galvanized steel, plated steel, or hard drawn copper construction.
Forsuspending the cable from the messenger, a wide 'variety of supporting devices have been employed. Copble and the spiral type hanger which is a form of a binding of wire or tape is wound about the messenger and cable. The wire form of the spiral type hanger which is known aslashing wire is normally applied in the field by a simple machine.
' The method of attaching messenger supported cables to poles is generally similar to that developed for the sus pension of conventional cables. In the installation of messenger suspended cables it is often necessary to clamp the lashing wire to the messenger. Such a clamp, designated a lashing clamp, may be required whenever the cable is terminated orwhere it is necessary to remove the cable from adjacent the messenger for a given distance such as adjacent the messenger bracket on a pole. At lo-' cations where taps are made into the cable, it may also be necessary to interrupt the lashing wire so that the lashing wire must be clamped to the messenger.
The installation of aerial cables is inherently a difficult operation since the lineman must work from a confined elevated platform or from the supporting pole or tower itself.
.enablehim to Work in the most efficient manner it is In order to safeguard the worker and to essential that the various components related to the support of the cable be designed with the diflicult working conditions in mind. Devices comprising a great plurality of parts which are difficult to assemble and readily dropped'or lost must be avoided. Thus one of the most important design considerations is that the components are adapted to be conveniently and readily installed and v in many cases with the use of a single hand. I
- An object'of the present invention is to provide a clamping device which includes spaced apart clamping members yieldably supported with respect to one another in order to facilitate installation onto theobject to be engaged.
Another object of the invention is to provide a clamping device in which the movement of the clamping members with respect to the object being engaged is limited.
A further object of the invention is to provide a clamping device which can be simply and conveniently secured in its final operative position with respect to the object being engaged.
A still further object of the invention is to provide a clamping device adapted for securing a lashing wire to a cable messenger.
In one embodiment of the invention, the clamp or device for engaging an object comprises a pair of clamping members which are yieldably supported, spaced apart, and facing one another. through aligned openings in the clamping members enables the clamp to be engaged with the object to which it is to be attached. Projections or bosses are provided on the adjacent surfaces of the clamping members to limit the movement of one clamping member toward the other to prevent the application of excessive force to the object being engaged.
In another embodiment of the invention the screw which extends through the openings in the clamping members is adapted to engage the lashing wire in order to clamp it.
In a further embodiment of the invention the clamping members are provided with grooved portions adapted to engage and to substantially conform to the object which is to be engaged by the clamp. i i
In another embodiment of the invention, the grooved portions of the clamping members are conditioned to increase the frictional engagement with the object disposed therein.
Other objects and features will become apparent in the following description and claims and in the drawings in which:
FIG. 1 is a front elevational view of the clamp of the invention engaged with the messenger and lashing wire of an aerial cable;
FIG. 2 is a vertical section view taken along the line 2-2 in FIG. 1 and showing the engagement of the clamp with the messenger and hanger wire i FIG. 3 is an exploded perspective view of the'cla'mp' of the invention showing the clamping members and screw;
FIG. 4 is a vertical section view of the clamp of the invention showing the clamp adjacent to the messenger to which it is to be attached;
FIG. Sis a front elevational view of the clamping members showing the relation of the projections which serve as limit stops;
FIG. 6 is a vertical section view of the clamping members showing the projections in their limiting position;
FIGJ is a vertical section View of a clamping member taken along the line 7-7 in FIG. 6 and showing the serrated grooved portion; i
FIG. 8 is a vertical section view of clamping members having lugs in their grooved portions;
FIG. 9 is a vertical section view taken along the line 99 in FIG. 8 and showing the lugs within the grooved portion of the clamping member.
The clamping device of the invention or lashing clamp 26 is shown in FIG; 1 attached to lashing wire 21 and messenger 22 of suspended cable 23. As shown in FIGS. 2 and 3 lashing clamp 20 includes clamping or plate members 24 which are spaced apart in a. facing. relationship by yieldable hinge or web 25. Substantially opposite web 25 there is'provided in the plate members grooved portions 26 which are adapted to receive an object to be clamped such as messenger 22. The contour-of the grooved portion is shaped to substantially conform tothe portions of the messenger adjacent thereto.
Patented Apr. 13, 1965 p A screw member extending.
length thereof to limit the movement of said plate members toward one another.
2. A clamping device comprising a pair of plate members each having an opening extending therethrough and a grooved portion adjacent an edge portion thereof, a yieldable web connected to each of said plate members adjacent another edge portion thereof disposed opposite said edge portion, said web supporting said plate members in a spaced apart facing relationship with said openings substantially in alignment, said web being disposed substantially between planes contiguous to the portion of the outer surface of said plate members adjacent said other edge portion thereof, a bolt disposed in said openings for urging said plate members toward one another to engage an object disposed in said grooved portions, and an oblong projection disposed on each facing surface of said plate members adjacent said other edge portion and adapted to engage one another with the length of one at substantially right angles to the other to limit the movement of said plate members toward one another.
3. A clamping device comprising a pair of plate members each having an opening extending therethrough and a grooved portion adjacent an edge portion thereof, a yieldable web connected to each of said plate members adjacent another edge portion thereof disposed opposite said edge portion, said web supporting said plate members in a spaced apart facing relationship with said openings substantially in alignment and with said grooved portions extending substantially parallel to and in a facing relationship with one another, a bolt disposed in said openings for urging said plate members toward one another to engage an object disposed in said grooved portions, said bolt having a head portion adapted to engage the outer surface of one of said plate members, a plurality of projections disposed on facing surfaces of said plate members adjacent said other edge portion and adapted to engage one another to limit the movement of said plate members toward one another, and a screw device extending from the head of said bolt for engaging an additional object.
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DONLEY I. STOCKING, Primary Examiner.
ABRAHAM G. STONE, Examiner.